Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.
On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.
Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.
So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.
The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:
- Parma ham
- Chorizo or Turkey slices
- Gruyère cheese
- A small-sized camembert cheese
- Lettuce leaves
- Bread of your choice
Drinks and Beverages
Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.
Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:
- Dried:kiwi and apricots
- Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums
If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:
- Kaak or grissinis
- Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
- Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts
Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:
- Dry raisin cake
- Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)
You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:
- Plastic wine glasses
- Plastic cups
- 3 glass jars
- Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
- 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
- A cooler
- Tiny fun bags for the nuts
- A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
- Small containers for fruits
- A basket to carry it all up there
- And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂
Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!
and don’t forget to tag us if you try our recipes and tips #breadonbutter
Almost everyone I know is on a constant struggle to develop healthy habits and stick to them. Lately, healthy tips are always part of any discussion. In this day and age, I think being healthy is crucial – if not all the time, then at least 80% of the time.
On my quest to finding the perfect healthy living balance, I have learnt to stick to a few habits that can help you be a healthy person.
Here they are:
1) Always have detox water in your fridge. Just cut up ginger and lemon slices, put them in a jar, pour water over them and let the whole mix infuse in your fridge. Drink one glass every morning.
2) Have freshly cut carrots and cucumbers, or cherry tomatoes in your fridge ready for when you’re crazily looking for something to munch on in the house. We all go through those lazy afternoons watching tv, craving something to chew on. Carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes will satisfy this need with almost no calorie count. Plus, they have a lot of benefits.
3) Replace everything white with brown stuff: brown bread, brown rice, brown everything! It’s the same amount of calories, granted, but it’s way healthier.
4) When having sushi, opt for more sashimi and less sauce-filled makis
5) There should be absolutely no bags of crisps anywhere to be seen in the house
6) Have a green tea (preferrably fresh) every afternoon
7) When you’re craving for something sweet or fulfilling during the empty hours of the day, have a foamy cappuccino with skimmed milk (skip the fat). Guaranteed satisfaction!
That’s it for now. But I will be sharing all of my new acquired healthy habits over time, so stay tuned 🙂
What’s a home without some dessert lying around, right? I haven’t baked for weeks due to crazy schedules and lack of time and I really miss it! Baking has always been some kind of therapy, drowning my feelings unto that mixing bowl and traveling far far away in thoughts and dreams. But then I realized that baking doesn’t have to take that much time and effort! You can always whip out something fast and easy, with a few ingredients that you surely have in your cupboard. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the easiest Nutella Brownies recipe ever (found on this blog a long time ago). You only need 3 ingredients and it takes 20 minutes to prepare AND bake these nutella brownies. So here we go.
What you’ll need:
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups Nutella
– 1 cup All-purpose flour
How to make it:
1) In a bowl, whisk the eggs then add the Nutella and mix
2) Add the flour and mix
3) Spoon the whole thing unto a greased square mold
4) Bake for 10 minutes until the top is cracked but a toothpick doesn’t come out clean
5) Let it cool for 5 minutes in the mold
6) Cut into squares, place in a plate and let cool completely
Enjoy for days! 🙂 Happy short therapy for busy people!